Through the Lens: A visit with Songbird on Fan Day

October 23, 2017 04:41am

Songbird Fan Day at Taylor Made Farm was hosted Saturday in Nicholasville, Ky., for fans of the champion horse before she's sold at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

Media and members of the general public came to see the champion, recently retired from a career consisting of 13 wins in 15 starts. Songbird was definitely on her toes throughout the day.

The farm posed the mare to show off her conformation for all to see. Songbird is simply one of the best looking individuals on the market.

Songbird still recognized the click of cameras, as she quickly pricked her ears to pay close attention to those admiring her.

With a kind eye, Songbird continued to pose for all in attendance to appreciate her greatness.

After heading out to the paddock where Songbird felt a bit more comfortable with all the people at a distance, she took a stroll around her paddock before returning to the groom who stayed with her all day to make sure she was safe and comfortable.

It was time for more fan interaction. Songbird returns to her admirers for photos and treats. Interestingly enough, Songbird does not like peppermints but instead, she loves carrots. 

Not only do I appreciate the chances we get to see greatness on the racetrack, I took a few minutes to say hello to one of the racehorses who continues to stoke my fire. She gladly took the carrots I provided her.

Everyone was encouraged to say hello to Songbird.

As the day continued, Songbird never lost interest in the clicking of cameras or smooches from adoring fans wanting more photos of her.

Soon enough, Songbird will be headed to a new home to bring new life into the world. There are estimates that the champion will bring around $5 million or more in just a few weeks.

Thank you to Taylor Made Farm and owner Rick Porter for this opportunity to see and meet this champion who deserves a life of leisure and happiness.


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Meet Casey Laughter

I have loved horses for as long as I can remember, starting when Funny Cide crossed the wire in the 2003 Kentucky Derby. Thanks to my Dad, I now consume every ounce of thoroughbred literature I can.

When I am not stuffing my brain with pedigrees, I spend my free time with my fiancé, Daniel, and our dog, a Boxer mix named Piper. I enjoy hiking, reading, canoeing, and just relaxing.

In addition to Horse Racing Nation, for which I've shot numerous events, including the 2018 Kentucky Derby, I work for Bella Baby Photography, as well as a blog on my own platform.

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